By default, the Asilah, Tétouan, & Chefchaouen Tours cover all the highlights of the cities listed below. Still, you can fully customize your tours with your guides, therefore you can choose what to visit and what not to visit on this trip.
Start your trip from Tangier and go south on the coastal road toward Asilah. Wonder around within its ramparts and be inspired by its ever-changing street art. In the afternoon, change the vibe and be overwhelmed by the charming Medina of Tétouan before a drop-off in Chefchaouen.
On the second day, take full advantage of your local guide’s company and immortalize your precious moments in the flamboyant Chefchaouen. Above all, don’t miss any of the hot spots. Take your time, be creative, pose & shine for each photo you take before heading back to Tangier for the final drop-off.
Most of our guides are fluent in at least 2 of the languages listed below.
(1) Please advise at the time of booking.
(2) Our agents will suggest the most authentic Moroccan restaurants to you.
(3) 1 night in Chefchaouen.
On the first day, after pick-up from Tangier, you'll go south for a tour of Asilah in the morning and then a tour of Tetouan in the afternoon. The drop-off will be at your accommodation in Chefchaouen.
Asilah’s history dates back to 1500 B.C. with the Phoenicians as a trade base. A major turnout in the city’s history was when it was conquered by the Portuguese and turned into a fortified town during the 15th century. It was that two hundred years of Portuguese rule that formed Asilah into the shape it is today. Their legacy is particularly visible in the Medina’s fully intact ramparts, towers, gates, and houses. The Spanish also ruled Asilah during intermittent periods of time, and while the town has developed a uniquely Moroccan feel since the independence, it hasn’t yet entirely shaken its mainly Portuguese flavor with this slight Spanish touch.
The Medina of Asilah opened its arms to the world after a major restoration undertaken during the late ’70s. It is also introduced to the international art community through the Asilah’s Art Festival held annually (July/August) since 1978. And although Asilah is an Atlantic coastal city, its feel is Mediterranean for sure, known for its blue doors and windows, and also whitewashed walls. During the festival days, the walls are used, as canvases for the imagination of the most creative international artists. Consequently, Asilah is now best known as an open gallery for different kinds of street arts. If we add Asilah’s charm, romance, tranquility, and inner peace, that ensures a steady stream of photo-hungry travelers all year long.
Asilah offers a cocktail of restaurants where you can have your lunch after or during the tour. Contemporary or traditional, Moroccan or occidental cuisines, our agent will be happy to help you find the best for you.
After a drive of 1h30min, you'll start your tour of La Paloma Blanca.
The first settlements in Tétouan’s area date back to the 3rd century BC. Tamuda, nearby Tétouan, has long been a trade center for Phoenicians and then Romans. As for the Medina of Tétouan (old town), it was first built to be a Kasbah (fortress) by the Marinids late 13th century. It served as a base for their raids on Ceuta; this led to the destruction of the castle by the Castilians early 15th century. The Marinids named the place Afrag, but a former small fortification in place had been called Tittawin.
Not long after its destruction, Andalusian fleeing from the Spanish Reconquista, Muslims and Jews, rebuilt Tétouan from its ruins. The city went through a steady period of growth in various fields and became a center for the reception of Andalusian civilization. The still-operating innovative Skoundo water distribution system had a clear impact on various socio-economic levels of the city and certainly played a major role in its prosperity. Granadian refugees never forgot Granada. They always linked Tétouan to Granada and labeled it as Granada's daughter; some families still keep keys belonging to their old homes in their city of origin.
The Medina is heavily influenced by Andalusian architecture. Tétouan’s amazing tilework is unique in its kind and was a reason among many others that the old town is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997. Tétouan is also famed for its fine craftsmanship and musical delicacy and has been part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the area of Crafts and Folk Art since 2017.
Tétouan’s cultural heritage is the product of the interaction between different cultural influences throughout centuries. It is mainly characterized by its Andalusian style and way of living, but Amazigh, Algerian, Jewish, and colonial Spanish influences are present too.
Tétouan is 1h30min drive from Asilah. Once there in la Paloma Blanca, as it’s nicknamed, you’ll start your tour with your assigned local guide from place Moulay El Mehdi or Plaza Primo as the locals still call it. In fact, the place was formerly known as Plaza Primo de Rivera and it was the heart of Tétouan’s extension outside the walls of the Medina during the colonial era.
After sightseeing the nearby cathedral, Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Victoria, you’ll continue your way through the cobbled Mohamed V Avenue, passing by the Spanish consulate and the Edifício Fénix, until you reach place Feddan where the royal palace is located. You’ll then enter the Medina through Bab Rouah gate. Within Tetouan’s Medina unique network of shaded alleyways, you will go through the Mellah (the Jewish quarter) which once was called Little Jerusalem, then the old fish market, the Kasbah, Tarrafin alley, Bab Okla gate, multiple Souks and squares, the Great Mosque, and many other key monuments of the city.
Upon request and within opening hours of the places, the tour could include visits to places like Issac Ben Walid Synagogue, Centro de Arte Moderno de Tetuan, Dár Tetuán 1880, Dar El Oddi, Dar Senaa, the ethnographic museum, the archaeological Museum, and Tétouan’s tanneries.
After a 1h30min drive from Tétouan, the drop-off will be at your accommodation in Chefchaouen.
Chefchaouen was founded in the late 15th century as a Kasbah (fortress) to fight the Portuguese invasion of northern Morocco. Many local tribes, Moriscos as well as Jews settled there. Arriving Jewish exiles painted their houses blue to reflect their divinity — a tradition that continued over the centuries. It wasn’t until recently that the blue shades spread out of the Jewish quarter (the Mellah) to the other parts of the Medina (the old town) making it the "Blue Pearl" we know today.
Chaouen, as it’s called locally, has become one of the world’s top picturesque destinations. Its Medina is a real charmer! Prepare yourself to fall hard for its winding small alleys painted in every shade of blue you could imagine. If you are an Instagrammer, then you are in heaven! Your guide, as a local, knows all the hidden photo-spots. You are not going to miss any of them.
By strolling down the Medina’s labyrinthine alleyways, you will immediately absorb the Berber, Moorish, and Andalusian vibes. The itinerary comprises the most important landmarks of the city such as the Kasbah and its Museum, Hawta square, Ras El Maa, the Great Mosque, the bustling Outa El Hammam main square, and most of the arcs and Babs (gates).
If you happen to be in Chefchaouen on a Monday or a Thursday, that would be a big plus because they are market days, therefore, you’ll definitely be taken to visit the Souq. During these days the farmers of the neighboring Rif valley come down to the streets of the Medina to sell their products. These can vary from fruits and vegetables to handmade crafts and mountain herbs.
After a break for a delicious Chaouni lunch, your tour guide will escort you to the Spanish Mosque, or Boujaafar Mosque, to take in the wonderful view over Chefchaouen from an outside terrace and that will be the end of your tour of Chefchaouen.
And so, this will be the end of your 2 days trip in northern Morocco. After a 2h20min drive, the final drop-off will be wherever you like in Tangier.
Jana CrespiJan, 25, 2020
Em van agradar molt les gires. Són molt entretinguts i informatius. No coneixia Asilah i Tetuan abans, però puc dir que va ser un bon descobriment. Asilah és tranquil ... more
Em van agradar molt les gires. Són molt entretinguts i informatius. No coneixia Asilah i Tetuan abans, però puc dir que va ser un bon descobriment. Asilah és tranquil i més semblant a una galeria oberta, mentre que Tetuan és ple de vida i andalús fins a cert punt. Coneixia Chefchaouen a Instagram, de manera que només em venia al cap: fer tantes fotos com puc ;)
Anne PDec, 23, 2019
Nous avons passé un merveilleux moment avec latif tours. Les guides étaient compétents, gentils et ont un grand sens de l'humour. Bien qu’ils soient situés ... more
Nous avons passé un merveilleux moment avec latif tours. Les guides étaient compétents, gentils et ont un grand sens de l'humour. Bien qu’ils soient situés dans la même zone, Asilah, Tétouan et Chefchaouen sont complètement différents. Les habitants de chaque ville sont sympathiques et ont un mode de vie incroyable. Je recommande fortement ces tours à tout le monde.
Keisha GibsonOct, 02, 2019
We visited Morocco coming from Andalucía. We started our long journey to Morocco by visiting the north first. Unfortunately, our tour of Tangier with another company ... more
We visited Morocco coming from Andalucía. We started our long journey to Morocco by visiting the north first. Unfortunately, our tour of Tangier with another company wasn’t that great, but we decided to further see the region anyway with latif tours this time. Our tours of Asilah, Tétouan, and Chefchaouen were impeccably planned and we visited each place at the right time of the day. The staff was kind, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about their country. It was a perfect introduction to Morocco.
J AlvaroAug, 13, 2019
¡Muy buen servicio! Abdel, Mustapha y Abdeladi fueron una excelente compañía para mí durante estos dos días de viaje. Son amables, hábiles y muy orgullosos de su ... more
¡Muy buen servicio! Abdel, Mustapha y Abdeladi fueron una excelente compañía para mí durante estos dos días de viaje. Son amables, hábiles y muy orgullosos de su cultura. Recomiendo Latif Tours si quieres hacer algún viaje a cualquier lugar de Marruecos. ¡Ellos son simplemente los mejores!
Leonie WiesingerApr, 03, 2019
Alles war perfekt gemacht. Diese Jungs sind einfach die Besten. Ich empfehle sie auf jeden Fall.
Alles war perfekt gemacht. Diese Jungs sind einfach die Besten. Ich empfehle sie auf jeden Fall.